Finished! Spice Garden, a Mystery Quilt

22 09 2015

Spice Garden - Desert Bloom Quilting Mystery QuiltMeasures Approximately 77″ X 91″

Yes, it’s finished! The mystery quilt I started on 30 August 2015.

Actually, it was finished on 16 September, but I wanted to wash it before I took photos.

For the backing, I used an Art Gallery Rhapsodia print:

Rhapsodia, Tibet Blockprint BlueRhapsodia, Tibet Blockprint Blue

I ran across a sale for yardage in an Etsy shop, and bought six yards of the Tibet Blockprint a few months ago. The background color is actually nearly an exact match for the Cotton & Steel Peacock solid fabric I used in the quilt top.

I even pushed myself to match the print on the backing, so it would be hard to tell that I had two lengths of the fabric for the back.

The instructions for the mystery quilt are available at Desert Bloom Quilting. The top finishes as approximately 56″ X 70″, without borders. In my zeal to use every last bit I could of the Effervescence fabric, I added a 10″ wide border to each size. By the way, a lot of credit goes to the quilters in /r/quilting, for helping me work out my border woes.

The instructions called for the following amounts:

Light/Background      1 ¾ yards
Medium 1                      1 ¼ yards
Medium 2                      1 ½ yards
Dark                               2 ½ yards (This is generous, and should leave enough to do a 2″ border on the quilt top.)

All told, I think I used an additional quarter yard of fabric for the first three fabrics, due to the border treatment I used. I was able to use up a total of four yards of the Effervescence, which was my ‘dark’ fabric. Altogether, I burned through roughly 15 yards of fabric, when adding in the additional Kona Berry I used for the inner border, and for the binding.

It feels good to use the fabric, rather than just accumulate it. It feels better to see my son ask to be wrapped up in a quilt that I made, or to have several quilts on the bed, instead of a mass-produced comforter.

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday at crazy mom quilts. Also linking with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.




4 responses

23 09 2015

Good for you! A lovely finish

25 09 2015
Grey Cat Quilts

I love a good finish – especially when I don’t feel like I’ve procrastinated on it.

23 09 2015
Jessica Caldwell

Love how your mystery quilt turned out!

25 09 2015
Grey Cat Quilts

I’m so happy with it too! We’re already sleeping under it.

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